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Argentine Tango

History

Argentine tango is a social dance and a musical genre that originated in Argentina and moved to Uruguay and to the rest of the world later on. In the US, it is commonly confused with ballroom tango, though this is a later derivation.

Argentine tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras, and in response to the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing. Even though the present forms developed in Argentina and Uruguay, they were also exposed to influences reimported from Europe and North America. There are records of XVIII and early XIX century tango styles in Cuba and Spain, while there is a flamenco tangos dance that may share a common ancestor in a minuet-style European dance. Consequently there is a good deal of confusion and overlap between the styles as they are now danced - and fusions continue to evolve.

About the Dance

Taught by world class instructors Edmundo & Elizabeth Thomas. Argentine tango is danced in an embrace that can vary from very open, in which leader and follower connect at arms length, to very closed, in which the connection is chest-to-chest, or anywhere in between. Close embrace is often associated with the more traditional styles, while open embrace leaves room for many of the embellishments and figures that are associated with tango nuevo.

Class Descriptions

Argentine Tango Beginner Class

Taught in a progressive series. If you have never danced argentine tango or want to solidfy your fundamentals, this class is for you. Learn the basic walks, variations of them and ochos.

Argentine Tango Intermediate - Advance

This class goes beyond the basics. Work on turns, advanced techniques, turns and improvisiation.

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